Saturday, August 31, 2013

Adult Religious Education: Churches Where It's Valid to Receive Communion

This chart shows the various Catholic liturgical families (rites) and their ancestry. Jerusalem, the place of the founding of the Catholic Church, came first in time. Then three major branches eventually formed within the Church: Roman, Antiochian and Alexandrian. The Ukrainian Catholic Church is part of the Antiochian branch, specifically coming under the Byzantine rite. The Catechism, quoting from Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on Divine Liturgy, states:

"The liturgical traditions or rites presently in use in the Church are the Latin . . . and the Byzantine, Alexandrian or Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, Maronite and Chaldean rites. In 'faithful obedience to tradition, the sacred Council declares that Holy Mother Church holds all lawfully recognized rites to be of equal right and dignity, and that she wishes to preserve them in the future and to foster them in every way.'" (CCC 1203). from this Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic website

Monday, August 26, 2013

From Bill Diss: His Hearing Info and Planned Parenthood's Lies Again.

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
(Isaiah40:31) RSV: Courtesy of Harmony Media
Dear Brothers and Sisters for Life, Purity and Healing,

I want to again thank all of you for your prayers.  Last week my lawyer called me to tell me that the district has postponed the hearing that was to take place on August 28, 2013.  My lawyer was very happy because we will have more time go gather documents.  The district has been very slow getting us documents.  Please keep praying for love, truth and purity to prevail at our schools and in our homes.

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  
(John 8:44)
I think many of you recall that the school district has stated that the children need a parent's consent to go off to another classroom with Planned Parenthood.  As I was gathering documents I found this letter from the past Public Information Officer, Matt Shelby, dated October 12, 2012:

The program was presented to our high schools as a supplemental education opportunity. Some schools opted to participate, some did not. TOP is currently operating at Roosevelt, Jefferson, Benson and Madison high schools. Parent permission slips are required for student participation.
If you look at the document at this link, you will see that there is not a slot for parents.  The form asks the children if they are male, female or transgender and many other items but a parent's signature is not required.  All of this is so sad, just one lie after another.  Another lie concerns the safety of abortions at Planned Parenthood.


Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. He who does good is of God; he who does evil has not seen God.
(3 John 1:11)
Please be generous and help out the following people with treasure or time.

Student Dedicating His Career to Life and Purity:  Last month I met a fine young man who recently graduated from Oregon State.  He is planning on working for Generation Life and he asked me to seek other who could help him raise funds.  His name is Chad Etzel and his email is: and his phone number is: 503-805-9307.  I think it is so wonderful that Chad is planning on working full time in this ministry.  Please help him. 

Awesome Citizens for Life and Purity Need Your Attention:  There is a group in the state called, Parent's Right in Education.  They are trying to inform parents of the graphic and obscene information given to our children at school by Planned Parenthood and other groups.  If you would like to on their email list please contact: Winnie Savory at .

Walk or Run for Life on September 7, 2013:  The Portland metropolitan area has just been blessed with a Mobile Ultrasound Unit.  The unit was very expensive and the yearly maintenance is not cheap either.  Please come and exercise those lungs and feet and help out mothers and their babies.  The run is in the beautiful gorge; here is the information:

Stop Funding Abortions?  Did you know that Oregon is one of the few states that allows taxes to be paid directly to abortionists like Planned Parenthood and others for abortions?  The money is specifically used for abortion and there are no tricks, hidden services, etc.; it is all legit.  Approximately one third of all abortions in our state our done with our taxes.  Well Jeff Jimerson and others are saying NO and they need your help getting petitions signed so that a ballot measure can be available for the election in 2014.  Here is the information:

Oregon 2014 Petition Committee
P.O. Box 1620, Corvallis OR 97339
(541) 497-1485

Please help on any or all of these items.  Please help the babies and their mothers.  We have far too many women wounded from abortion.  We need to prevent more devastated hearts. 


Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. 

(2 Cor: 9:8.9)
I know that times are a bit tough but we could sure use some funds at Precious Children of Portland.  We helped out people this summer and are pockets are nearly empty.  We have 40 Days for Life, Life Chain and other events this fall so your funds are so appreciated.  You can contribute online or with a check.  You can address a check to Precious Children of Portland and mail the check to:

4335 River Road North
Salem, OR 97303

I would also like to hand over the leadership of the National Life Chain Event.  The event happens around the nation in October and it is a rewarding ministry but now I want to give other a chance.  Please contact me very soon so that I can get you the signs, etc.

Finally, 40 Days for Life will be starting in a few weeks.  The Archbishop of Portland will be there at the opening event.  Please visit:

Again and again and again, thank you so much for your prayers for all of us and our families at Precious Children of Portland.
God Bless you,

Bill Diss
Precious Children of Portland

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Guest Post: "In"Human Resources in the Archdiocese of Portland.

 Here is a guest post from Mary Havlicek.  There is a concern with Human Resources and its fit into Catholic tradition in how we treat people. 

The biggest concern VOCAL has is that there has to be a TEAM at the highest levels of the Archdiocese of Portland. With dignity and value for each staff that we have hired with our collection plate money: a TEAM for Christ.

Here is Mary's contribution to a grave concern.  Thanks.

"Something has come to my attention which you might find interesting and you might want to put it on your blog: the phenomenon of “human resources”.
Let us consider an aspect of the business world that has crept into the Church in some places such as the Archdiocese of Portland Oregon.  It has the very sinister title: “Human Resources”.  “HR” functions as if human beings are now just a commodity; something expendable which you use up and discard like other resources such as water or electricity or paper. 
This is NOT a Catholic or Christian concept.  It takes no account of the infinite value and dignity of the human person.  Instead it treats people as a “resource”; something which can be used for a time to profit the corporation, and then thrown away.  Why then does the Portland Archdiocese utilize this anti-Christian anti-human business model?
Human Resources departments are always on the prowl for someone better to fill each position in any given corporation (excepting their own positions of course).  Consequently, no one’s job is safe.  Imagine if you were a young man today working for a corporation with a Human Resources department.  You could expect that at some point down the road, you will be terminated by HR and your job given to someone perceived to have more “talent”, i.e. ability, qualifications, experience, good looks, good connections, good personality, energy, or just plain greed. 
Your life has a certain instability about it.  You hesitate to do anything more permanent such as buy a house, get married, or have children, because  in the back of your mind, there is this nagging feeling that you could loose your job at any moment and you could not support any of these things.
To experience firing at the hands of HR is demeaning and destabilizing to the one being fired, destabilizing to his/her family, destabilizing to the business or corporation which does the firing, and ultimately destabilizing to society.  
How many young people just live in “relationships”, not marriage.  How many children are born into these unstable “relationships”.  Does the instability of the workplace have anything to do with this phenomenon?  Of course it does.
HR only seems to care about corporations.  It’s only interest in workers is how they may be used to advance the profits and expansion of their given corporations.  They are not for, but against, humans.  Why has this devilish concept been allowed to creep into our Catholic Archdiocese?
Human Resources departments which exist in chancery offices or pastoral centers function as a kind of opposite thing to the 2013 Labor Day Statement of Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.  To quote Bishop Blaire: “Ethical and moral business leaders know that it is wrong to chase profits and success at the expense of workers dignity...They know they have a vocation to build the kind of solidarity that honors the worker...” 
Ok.  There you have it.  (Arch)dioceses which have Human Resources departments must somehow completely reform these departments so that they actually benefit workers, or these departments must be completely done away with.  (And in any case, the term “Human Resources” must be chucked.  What a derogatory term!)"
Mary Havlicek

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Form and Matter: Why Taco Chips Can't Be Consecrated and Women Can't Be Priests.

For a sacrament to be valid, it must be properly celebrated — that is, certain requirements set forth in Church law must be met. For this reason, no sacramental rite may be modified or manipulated except by the supreme authority of the Church, which itself may not act arbitrarily but always “in the obedience of faith and with religious respect for the mystery” of the sacramental liturgy (see no. 1125). Thus it belongs to the Holy See alone to set forth in law what constitutes the proper and valid celebration of the sacraments.

The Creator made these Sacraments as Avenues of Grace (Spiritual Power) to Strengthen us in This Life for Eternal Life.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Alleged Catholic charities: Compromising with the Devil.

This is from American Life League who is part of Reform Campaign for Human Development Now.
"Don't let your money work against the Church." 

Our Lady, who appeared in Akita, Japan in 1973, the same year Roe VS Wade because law, has chilling words for us.

"As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity.

It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful.

The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son.

Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests."

"The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops.

The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.

"The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them." 

Our Lady of Akita.  1973

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

From 1930 - Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood and the Catholic Church. Still Friends in 2013.

"Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."